In November of 2021, during COP-26, the world will hopefully pay attention to the negotiations and debates on climate change issues. It is time to defend the truth that forests are crucial to help the planet balance and provide the resources we value, especially for continuing activities such as agriculture and extractivism.
We have decisive steps ahead which demand dialogues and the definitions of multilevel and agreed parameters that will orient action from global to the local level, defining what should have bottom-up approaches, what to tackle with top-down strategies, and a hybrid system. One of them is an ongoing challenge: Global regulations that establish common grounds of action based on a global agreement of the proportion of international area that must be preserved to maintain (or even improve) the actual climatic balance. The most urgent places to secure that the objective above is fulfilled and most importantly change the valuation of land that alters the paradigm that sees forested areas as cheap, lower-value places. Additionally, global environmental governance mechanisms must ensure that national and local law and actions dialogues with international conventions such as ILO 169 and Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous peoples and local communities, respecting local dynamics and needs, including the different forest and biomes dynamics worldwide. Therefore, the real challenge is the production of those combined frames of action that would follow the minimum standards and include an essential aspect: respecting diversity, both natural and human-environment interactions.
For that, bringing economy and the possibility of changing patterns of valuation of products and attribution of value within a production chain is essential. As was once decided to abandon the gold standard, now is the time to leave the pattern of profit generation based solely on valuing final products within a chain, undermining the links of the chain or the impacts of the resources being used within the chain. It is unsustainable and irresponsible to have a discourse of leaving no one behind if the system where we are basing it goes almost everyone and everything not regarded as resourceful behind. There were emergencies in the past, and we, as humans, had decided to change for a chance of having a future. Now it is time for making this choice again in a scenario that more than ever shows how a diverse unit is the key for our present and near / far future.
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